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Best laptop for 3d Rendering guide

I think it's far more important to have good skills than to have a super computer, anyway we need a good computer to make our job and the great news is that today we can buy a very well performing machine at reasonable price.

Pretty often my students or my younger colleagues ask me what computer to buy to make their job, so I decided to select 3 laptops for 3d rendering covering different budgets. I picked them from Amazon since it's present worldwide, but you are free to order the same laptops for rendering from other sources:




If I have to choose between owing just a laptop or a desktop for 3d rendering I will always pick the laptop. That could sound strange to any nerd-3d-never-enough-power-hungry user, anyway my style of work relies more on software optimization and artistic knowledge than computational-brute-force approach.If I need more power I can always rent a farm.

The laptop gives me a lot flexibility, I can work in office or at home, to the client base or in the airplane. Also, the compute-power difference compared to the desktops is not so huge (around 30% most of the time).

These are my picks, I won't spend money on cheap laptops because I can save $200/$300 to take a much worse laptop for rendering and graphic. I tested these laptops for rendering (I have one, the other two are own my by colleagues or students) and they are very good in many aspects (cpu and gpu power, display, storage, noise and heat). You can also upgrade them in future with more RAM or a new SSD (these laptops support 2 HDDs, which I think it is an essential feature). I used to buy Alienware but today I think Asus has far more affordable and reliable laptops for rendering.

NOTE: CPU score is related to Cinebench R15 64-bit multi core render performance, GPU score is related to LUXMARK 2.0 sala benchmark. You can deepen the CPU and GPU performance aspects just doing some google research.



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Arnold render CPU speed benchmark

 This is an Arnold render benchmark to test your pc power! It is a pretty simple Maya render scene, you can simply download it and run one of the two files I created. One is a faster test (around 5 minutes on a pretty decent cpu), the other is way much heavy and slow. You can use this last one to also test the stability of your system. Take a look to the results at the bottom to compare your cpu speed.


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VRay Vs Corona: interior render comparison

There's much attention around a pretty new render engine: Corona Render. A lot of  users are migrating from Vray to Corona render, due to its simplicity and a mixed biased/unbiased physically accurate render engine. In this article I'll show you an interior render Vray vs Corona comparison, are you ready to see the fight between these two contenders? 

TYPE: maya guide
CATEGORY:  Corona Render, VRay Render, VRay vs Corona


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V-Ray Vs Mental Ray: best render engine of 2017

The good old Mental Ray did some big steps toward modernization with the 2017 release. Now it has a more efficient IPR, a brand-new GI engine (GI Next) and a more user-friendly interface. On the other hand the render engine market is full of CPU and GPU alternatives to Mental Ray, but the oldest and most feared competitor is still V-Ray. Who wins the render engine battle V-Ray VS Mental Ray 2017?

TYPE: maya guide
CATEGORY:  Render Maya, Mental Ray, VRay Render, VRay vs Mental Ray


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Arnold Vs Mental Ray: which is the best render engine for Maya?

Starting from Maya 2017 Arnold became one of the standard built-in render engines for Maya, replacing Mental Ray in its historical role. Anyway we can still download the latest Mental Ray release from the official Nvidia website. The question is: what is the best render engine for Maya 2017? Just take a look at Arnold VS Mental Ray for Maya, and make your pick!

TYPE: maya guide
CATEGORY:  Render Maya, Mental Ray, Arnold Render, Arnold vs Mental Ray


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